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      AussieHomeschool Closing Down   11/14/2019

      All good things must come to an end and AussieHomeschool is no different. It is with much sadness yet even more necessity that this must be so.   As of Sunday evening, 17/11/2019 the Discussion Forums will close. The Classifieds, for now although not indeterminate, will continue as is.       Why is this happening now? In all honesty, it probably should have happened many years ago but I created this forum, which originally a homeschool classifieds forum for Aussies, about 20 years or so ago. I, along with others for whom I am gratefully indebted to, have spent many, many hours sweating, laughing, praying, crying, writing, apologising, pleading and speaking about this wonderful place. In this day and age of Social Media, along with our ages and therefore differernt stages of life, it is simply not viable in any way for it to continue. You may think differently and that's okay - you honestly have to have lived through some of the dramas and learning opportunities that we all have to truly appreciate why we have the standards that we do - they were borne out of necessity and not undertaken lightly. Much blood, sweat and tears have been spilt over this place. Even more friendships, learning, debate, love, prayer and great times have been had becuase of AussieHomeschool. No one could ever be more thankful for it than I.

      I understand you may feel frustration or even anger and for that I apologise, I feel you. But now it is YOUR time to go out and spread the word of home education and its benefits. Share YOUR story, tell those you know and don't know about homeschooling and what is has done for your family.   On behalf of John (my long suffering and patient husband), myself and the ENTIRE moderating team over the many years - I THANK YOU and WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOURS.   God Bless, Susan (HomeGrownKids /  AussieHomeschool)

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  1. From time to time we have conversations that go awry. If we were in person there would be more visible engagement - our body language and eye contact would communicate both to the instigator and recipient our opinions on their actions. Here online it is much more difficult. We need to use our written words, either directly or indirectly, to encourage or discourage particular behaviour. In the past the members have expressed that there has been overly heavy handed moderation by the AHS Team. Since that time, the team has backed off completely. For various personal reasons as well as in response to this feedback, we have left the membership to self-moderate, trusting to their good judgement as adults. We also requested one of our long term members to assist in keeping conversations on track in our absence. To this end we would like to make a specific request: a. If you are noticing an element of unpleasantness, could you please not engage with it, but continue to redirect the conversation back to safer waters. Use your positive, on topic posts to do what your body language and eyes would do in person. It is not necessary initially to even address the unpleasantness directly. b. If this does not work, a gentle general reminder without personal references can help steer the conversation back to topic. c. If all else fails, do not engage, but contact the moderating team via PM. You can also report a concerning post (button found at the top of each post, next to the time that post was made), however PMs usually come to our attention faster. We suggest that you include both HomeGrownKids and DaughterofEve in your PM as it increases your likelihood of it being seen. Following this process will help to keep conflict to a minimum. Thankyou all for contributing here. Let's all work to keep this a safe space for all.